NICHES. The scariest word for most people when starting out. However, the idea of a niche should not scare you. Instead it should be exciting.

What is a Niche?

A niche is a distinct segment of a market, in other words an "audience".

When choosing a niche that fits you, you should be choosing something that is ideally an interest, a passion, a hobby, but it could be something that you would like to learn about. You don't need to BE an expert, you BECOME an expert.

I personally enjoy many different things. I enjoy basketball, I used to collect baseball cards, I like to go skiing, I am really interested in men's fashion, exercise, internet marketing, and I love everything about the online business world.

There are also many niches over the years that I have been very successful within without knowing anything about them before getting into them. Dieting, voice over IP, hosting...are just a few.

Almost anything you can think of is a niche and that is why we are going to get you to choose YOUR niche based on things that you are interested in. You can earn money online from absolutely every single niche because there are billions of people out there searching for information, for solutions, and spending billions of dollars or products/services every day.

The idea of a niche can be a little confusing at first, so I have created a video walk-through for this lesson "Choosing Your Direction - It Starts With a Niche" that is going to walk you through what a niche is, how you earn money through a niche, and I will get you choosing your initial direction online.

Check out the video below.

 

Your online business should not feel like a day job. Earning money online should be fun, and it is fun. This all starts with choosing a niche that you are interested in and will enjoy working with.

The MORE you enjoy doing something the LESS it feels like a job and the more productive you are going to be. Carson and I are immensely passionate about online business and teaching people how to make money online, so that is the niche we have chosen with Wealthy Affiliate.

Your niche could be anything, but at the core of your niche selection it should be something that you "like". Something you enjoy. Something you can talk about. Something you want to learn about.

Task 1: Choose Your Direction

We want you to select the niche that interests you most and gets you the most excited.

A few things that you should understand about niches are:

(1) You are going to be writing content within your niche
(2) You are going to be communicating within your niche
(3) You are going to be choosing products to promote within your niche
(4) You are going to get to help people within your niche.
(5) Your first niche PROBABLY won't be your last (so don't worry about it being perfect)
(6) Any SINGLE niche website can become a "full time" income/business

There is NO SUCH THING as choosing the wrong niche.

Also, note that you can always change your niche down the road. Just because you are choosing a niche now does not mean you will be in this particular niche forever. Either way, please do not spend a week choosing your niche. Within the next 15-30 minutes (maximum) you should have your "starting point" niche chosen.

If you have any questions about your niche, feel free to leave a question below and we will help you out.

If you are REALLY STUCK at this point and you cannot decide on a niche, perhaps you may be interested in the make money/affiliate marketing niche. If you don't have a niche at this point, this will be your niche and we have an Affiliate Bootcamp dedicated to those that are interested in promoting Wealthy Affiliate


==> Go here if that is you.

If you have any questions about your "niche" or direction of your business and you want to get feedback from the community, leave them below and we will be happy to help.

Onto the next lesson, building a website! Exciting stuff is ahead! :)

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Giulio08 Premium
This part has really blocked me. I meanIi am going to talk about health but i am not a doctor. i have been studying a hell of a lot and know many things that i want to share with people but i would rather use a Pen name. is it possible?
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Cyndes Premium
Yes, you can use a Pen name
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LovelaceR Premium
Great question. Yes. Like Cyndes said, you can use a pen name. The key is that you use a name that people can connect with. Good luck!
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Many thanks!
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You're welcome!
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YaGirl Premium
Hi guys! Christina here and I just finished the "Choose A Niche" section. I have to admit I'm surprised that nothing was mentioned about high competition keywords. That said I'm somewhat stuck on choosing my niche. Here are a couple ideas I had:

I'm a huge nerd and I love Pokemon, but honestly I have no idea how I could even begin to make money from that niche. Honestly it's probably too broad, but things like merch is already pretty easy to find with google search - thoughts?

I also had the thought of trying for Shiba Inus - my guess there would be that I could potentially make money off of affiliate links to dog products for people who are intending to get a Shiba.

Thanks for your time and it's great to meet you all!
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AbieAJ Premium
A niche is something you are passionate about and would write 100 articles or so about it, could be a hobby, an interest perhaps. To put it in perspective, would you be writing about it in five years time.

Via Kyle:
A niche can honestly be anything, what are you passionate about? What are you interested in?
When deciding on a niche and trying to narrow down to a more specific niche, I recommend you ask yourself the following question:
I want to help people that ______________.
Fill in the blank and you are going to be much closer to a specific audience. After you do this and if you want to run any further ideas by me, let me know and I will give you a hand. :)

You can do a google search
Your niche + affiliate programs
Your niche + affiliate programs + location
and see what results you get

You can use Jaaxy to drill down keywords, you are allowed 30 searches. Look for searches (avg.) above 30 and competition (qsr. ) lower than 100, the lower the qsr the better.

https://my.jaaxy.com/search/keywords

For your choice of keywords, always do an incognito search on Google before settling on a keyword, to see who appears in the top 3 positions.

You can search Affiliate Programs via left sidebar
https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/affiliate-programs
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earlofpearl Premium
My best advise base on what I've read, you can do Dogs,. its a wide rages of stuff you can do there. More than Pokemon
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pcj101 Premium
Hi YaGirl!
Glad to see you are working on a niche! You are definitely on the right track by choosing things you love and/or are interested in; these things will take you farther than if you just picked something that is "popular." That way, you will never get tired of posting about your niche whether its popular or not.

Best wishes for a successful journey at WA!
Peter
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PhoenixFlame Premium
Shiba Inus, the Japanese dogs?

I can lay down some suggestions for you on that niche of Shibas!

Include videos of when they are puppies and timeline of that to adulthood.

Please include Japanese videos of Shiba Inus in movies.

Hatchiko!

A Tale of Mari and the 3 Puppies.

Dedicated songs for movie A Tale of Mari and the 3 puppies, Mari is Japanese for Mary.

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Regarding your niche of Pokemon, you can make $$$ from it, the games, the entire Pokemon Trading Card collecting is a huge franchise in and of itself.

https://www.unovarpg.com/ That is Pokemon Indigo Online, play in it and collect all the Pokemon.

Try finding out more about Pokemon, by watching this List of movies and playing this games on such and such gaming device platforms too.

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Hope this helps Christina!

~AJ
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YaGirl Premium
These are awesome suggestions, thanks so much! And yes, I hope to own a Shiba myself one day!!
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YaGirl Premium
Thank you! I'm gonna focus on Shiba Inus for now. Cheers!
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YaGirl Premium
Haha, you'd be surprised! But for now I am starting with Shiba Inus :) Thanks!
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PhoenixFlame Premium
Okay, chat with you soon.
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rjholsem1 Premium
video 11:26 minutes shows complete drop down of side bar list to edit or delete. mine does not. I added one item to the side bar, but the entire top line of options is duplicated under this. I tried to edit it 5 times. no luck. Also, cannot edit my website title line, which wraps in a field value too small to hold the size. there must be a an edit menu somewhere, but it does not appear on my screen. so I cannot folllow the steps in this video and cannot edit. how to edit?
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AbieAJ Premium
Hi, you can access your sidebar by going to Appearance > Widgets, you'd see a sidebar.

Check this tutorial To edit Title, you'd go to Appearance > Customize, then Site Identity and Edit from there.
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nathaniell Premium
@AbieAJ left some great tutorials for you, but you may also want to check this one out on Menus Each theme is different though, so keep that in mind. A theme Kyle is using may have a specific setup, and if you chose a different theme, your setup may vary slightly. That being said, the main ingredients of a blog are going to be the menu, sidebar widgets, and main content area.

Let us know if you have any more questions Robert!
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QP2020 Premium
I broke my website already. 1. My chosen theme doesn't apply to the homepage, 2. the homepage is stuck in static with the wrong theme, and 3. all fake posts I've made present on the sample page (bottom right on homepage for link). In short, the sample page looks is closer to what I am trying to make the homepage look like. Please help. Thank you
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EmakAmelia Premium
Hi Craig,

Have you tried to clear your browser's cache and cookies? Also, you can go to Websites > Site Details > Clear cache.
Maybe it is a cache issue.

If the problems are not fixed by clearing the browser and website cache, then I would suggest you send a ticket to Site Support:
https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/websites/support
Please provide info with a screenshot so they can help resolve the problems better.

Hope things will be sorted out for you.

Ferra
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QP2020 Premium
Thank you Ferra. I will give that a shot!
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EmakAmelia Premium
You're welcome. I hope the problems will be resolved soon.
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QP2020 Premium
It's all on point now. Thanks again!
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EmakAmelia Premium
Glad to hear that. You're welcome!
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